Tarnished Heart

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She can save him-or bring him to ultimate ruin.

The Earl of Markham's life is unraveling before his eyes. The harder he tries to pick up the frayed ends, the quicker his carefully guarded control slips from his iron grasp. Five years after the death of his wife, the threat of blackmail hangs over his son's inheritance.

His only hope to quell the gossip before it begins lies in a headstrong young commoner as wild and free as the English ...

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Overview

She can save him-or bring him to ultimate ruin.

The Earl of Markham's life is unraveling before his eyes. The harder he tries to pick up the frayed ends, the quicker his carefully guarded control slips from his iron grasp. Five years after the death of his wife, the threat of blackmail hangs over his son's inheritance.

His only hope to quell the gossip before it begins lies in a headstrong young commoner as wild and free as the English countryside she loves. She is wrong for him in every way. Yet she brings life to his colorless world-and warms his heart with a fire that threatens to shatter the wall around his heart.

Lizzie Parker is content with her garden, her village and caring for her aging father. She wants no part of the glittering London Season, but her father will not be denied his wish to see to her future. Still, she plans to do everything in her power to vex the man charged with taking her away from her beloved home. The man who once broke her heart. Markham.

She never expected his kisses to tame her resistance. With each touch he rouses her senses, until suddenly she's not at all sure where she belongs...

Warning: Blackmail! (oh my) Secrets! (oh my) Love Scenes! (oh oh my) and even a trip to the magnificent Crystal Palace in London. You won't be able to put this one down.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I was so absorbed I was unaware the story was ending, a delightful read.”
—Single Title Reviews

“Leslie Dicken creates a complex, heartfelt tale of love and deception. Sincere characters with depth are a shining star for this story. The plot is intricate and superbly written. The ending is satisfying enough for even the most romantic at heart. A Tarnished Heart is an outstanding accomplishment for Dicken.”
—Manic Readers

“This is a romance that you can instantly escape into the story with its believable characters and plot. Leslie Dicken is one author to watch and follow if you are a fan of historical fiction.” Mirella Patzer, Historical fiction and medieval fiction author
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609281335
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie tends to obsess about the things she enjoys: writing, Gerard Butler, gardening, beading, Gerard Butler. She’s been writing since high school, when Wuthering Heights inspired her to create worlds of dark heroes, brave heroines, and stormy nights. Since then she’s written tales of history and stories of the future. When she’s not writing, gardening, or making jewelry, Leslie can be found at her day job. But most likely she’s shuttling around her three children, walking their beagle or opening doors for their cat. A Tarnished Heart is Leslie’s fourth published title.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Disappointed

    I had high hopes for this book but I was very disappointed. The characters were weak and the plot was disjointed. There was a sharp ending, an Epilogue could have redeemed this book somewhat. I have read other books by this author and liked them but not this one.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    Beutiful story

    This book was filled with such detailed imagery and passionate romance that the characters really come to life. You can feel their emotion and share in their adventure. The story was also very historically accurate and authentic, which adds to the believability of the characters. This was a very enjoyable book to read and I loved getting caught up in this story. Mrs. Dicken hit a home-run with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Review by Mirella Patzer - Historical Fiction Author

    A Tarnished Heart by Leslie Dicken In Victorian England, Lizzie Parker wants to keep her life simple and uncomplicated. She loves the people of her village, tending her garden, and caring for her aging father, the local pastor. She falls in love with her father¿s curate, but her father has grander hopes for his only daughter. He arranges for her to go to London to participate in the decadent Season with the man who broke her heart years before. The Earl of Markham is a man of mystery. He harbours a dark secret and guards it well. He remains aloof not only from London¿s society, but also from his young son, even though he loves the boy. He will do anything to protect his son¿s inheritance. One day, he receives a letter of blackmail from the pastor of the nearby village. The pastor demands the Earl court his only daughter, Lizzie. If he fails to comply, the pastor will expose the Earl¿s secret and place his son¿s inheritance at risk. Reluctantly, the Earl accepts the challenge and takes responsibility for his new charge. He takes her to his home in London. Lizzie harbours a painful memory about the Earl of Markham who shattered her dreams when she was a young girl. She tries to thwart the Earl¿s every act so that she may return to the curate she is in love with. A Tarnished Heart was a finalist in the Romancing the Tome Contest. It is a story worth reading. Leslie Dicken has written a truly heart-warming novel about love that blossoms despite the circumstances that threaten to keep a young couple apart. The story is rich in detail, vivid in description, and historically accurate to the times. This is a romance that you can instantly escape into the story with its believable characters and plot. Leslie Dicken is one author to watch and follow if you are a fan of historical fiction.

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